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With a stable version of Community Server finally out in the form of 2.0, John and I are investigating the transition. We have a few things to look at and we as a community need to realize that this site is more than a personal site. It is a real production system. Just like the ones you and I go to work with and maintain everyday. Have you ever heard you company say, lets upgrade to this new out-of-the-box system without any worries of how it will effect your company? I think not.

Here are the things we have to consider in this upgrade:

  • Link Strength - Making sure all links remain valid, we have a lot of search engine traffic!
  • Bandwidth - We already push 300GB/mn on this site and the additional features will only add more
  • Servers - Our dedicated machine will need an update and we will need another server for the data storage
  • Licenses - Community Server is $900, SQL Server is $5000, Windows Server is $1000+
  • Time - Now that John and I are our own consulting firm, we have to budget time for this project
  • Features - GWB has major feature enhancements to .Text, those will need to be ported to CS
These are just a few of the concerns we have since we are a 900+ member site with tons of data. Bringing down the server for just a day will cause the bots to go crazy. Google comes by scraping 200,000 times a month so we have to make sure we have a Plan A, B, C ... X for this migration.

So again, please bear with us during this time and report any current issues you are having to this contact form and we will try to solve you problem in the current system ASAP.

Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 6:13 AM | Back to top

Comments on this post: Where are we in the way of updating the site

# re: Where are we in the way of updating the site
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Hey Guys !
Great to know that people at other end have plans to migrate to new CS 2.0 !
Yes, I can understand that transition is always a painful process but guys that life,
we as a premier geek community are rocking !
Well done guys !
Left by ram on Mar 24, 2006 6:31 AM

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Any progress to report on this? I'm not pushing, because I know things like this take time, and always take longer than you expect. I'm just interested in finding out what the status is and where we are in the planning cycle.

Left by Chris J. Breisch on Aug 29, 2006 10:46 AM

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